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paper, or individual, with a copy of Senator Tolliver's letter
of resignation?"

He knew what the answer would be; he had known all the
time. It came like an echo of his knowledge. " No, I didn't,"
Mr. Sills said.

Mr. Munn handed the papers to him and indicated the
reports and the editorial. Mr. Sills read them slowly, and
with no show of emotion. When he had finished, he raised
his eyes to Mr. Munn, and remarked, " Well?"

"My Godl" Mr. Munn exclaimed. "In every one. The
Louisville paper isn't here yet, but I bet it's in there too. He
sent copies out, to every paper. That's why he wrote that
letter that way. He wrote it to do the most harm to us all"

"Well?" Mr. Sills said.

" But why? What's he up to?" Mr, Munn swung on his
heel and strode across the office, then swung back toward
Mr. Sills with his bony, .dark face thrust forward. " I don't
see; I don't know what to think."

"It'll all come out soon enough. Time. Time will bring
it out" Mr. Sills' eyes blinked unhurriedly behind his

It was almost a month before Mr. Munn was to know even
the next step in the process. More than once during that
period he had the impulse to go to Monclair and see Senator
Tolliver and ask him what his motives were. How could a
man behave as he had done? But he had no right, he would
conclude. In the end, he scarcely knew Senator Tolliver. The
illusion of old intimacy and trust was something which the
Senator had created with the touch of his hand on the
shoulder and the modulation of his voice. There was no
reason to feel, as he did nevertheless feel, that the Senator
had betrayed him, personally. But despite his reasoning,
that sense of a personal betrayal was his first reaction when,
late one afternoon, Mr. Sills telephoned to say that Senator
Tolliver and the Dismukes and Brothers Tobacco Company
were jointly suing the Association to recover the crop which
the Senator had committed to the Association. That night